Over the past two decades, the field of Korean Studies has undergone dynamic developments, extending its reach into Korean TV dramas, films, music, tourism, youth culture and new technology, to name a few examples. Korean popular culture has thus emerged as vital ground in the invigoration of Korean Studies in the United States, as well as in situating it in the geopolitics of global cultural studies. These new directions in intellectual interest have presented challenges to scholars and teachers, such as the need to develop new analytical perspectives and pedagogical methods, within and beyond the boundaries of nation-based approaches. The Korean Studies Summer Workshop 2010 seeks to provide a forum that will promote transnational exchange and dialogue between scholars teaching and conducting research on Korean popular culture at institutions in the United States and in South Korea.
Kyung Hyun Kim (Associate Professor, University of California, Irvine)
Serk-bae Suh (Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine)
Youngmin Choe (Assistant Professor, University of Southern California)
Mindy Han (Staff, University of California, Irvine)
Hyun Seon Park (PhD Candidate, University of California, Irvine)
Academy of Korean Studies (AKS)
UC Irvine Korean Studies Department
UC Irvine East Asian Languages and Literatures Department
The Graduate Sessions are also sponsored by Korea International Trade Association, Korea Foundation, and Korea Tourism Organization.